Righty, it’s time to make a little announcement. It’s both ‘big and little’ all at the same time and one I have given a great deal of thought to.
Like most of you, I’ve spent most of this year, trying to make sure my business is Covid compliant and still brilliant bang for your buck. Who’d have thought it would have taken up so much head space?
My ‘why’ when I started Freelance Mum 6 years ago, was to support fellow ‘freelance mums’, juggling business around motherhood. It was born of my own need, being a freelance voiceover artist, juggling motherhood around a toddler and baby.
It was the most challenging time for me and I felt sure I couldn’t be alone. Which is why Freelance Mum was born; child-friendly networking for mums in business.
6 years on and that ‘why’ hasn’t changed. It very much feels like my calling, to support fellow ‘freelance mums’ (and for ‘freelance’, please feel free to insert whichever word you most identify with – sole trader, limited company, micro business, contractor – the point remains the same).
In it’s first guise, Freelance Mum was a series of podcasts, to try and ‘showcase and support’ fellow FMs. From there it became a ‘netwalk’ – a chance for us to meet up face to face. Guest speakers were introduced, venues were hired, The Mothership was launched and we established an amazing community both on and offline.
Along the way there have been sponsors, membership launched, awards, recognition above my wildest dreams, but above all of this the most epic and awesome army of fab Freelance Mums!
It’s amazing to think the last time we were all in a room together, was celebrating International Women’s Day. We were at Redmaids’ High Junior School – with our own event, Brave, Bold & Bonkers and not only that, with Rachel Mason leading us, we formed a bonkers choir and we sang Katie Perry’s ‘Roar’ – what a fitting song!
Anyway, the reason I’m reflecting on all this, is because it’s so good to see how far we have all come and shared this bonkers journey together. Freelance Mum has always been about getting to know the person behind the business and being the mother of all networking – which I still firmly believe it is.
Covid came, I began daily lockdown Facebook lives, the coffee morning was launched and we all pulled together. As restrictions eased, the netwalk was introduced again and we were able to actually see each other in real life!
And it was during those netwalks, it made me realize that actually, the simplicity of the netwalk was the future. Not just for Covid times – but going forward. There will still be special occasions (like hopefully Brave, Bold & Bonkers, National Freelancers Day and The Evening Sessions) when we can come together, under a roof, but for now netwalks are here to stay!
So back to the point of this message (and well done for reading this far, it really wasn’t meant to be so epic, but I think it’s important to understand the thinking) in terms of Freelance Mum membership and what it means to you – here’s what it gives you:
* • Our awesome online community The Mothership, packed with daily focus questions, expert advice and friendship
* • Weekly Facebook lives, with guest speakers and experts in their fields
* • Weekly coffee morning on Zoom
* • Two child-friendly netwalks a month, to support you and your business
* • Brave, Bold & Bonkers
* • National Freelancers Day
* • The Summer Evening Sessions
* • The Christmas Evening Sessions
* • February half term tree planting at Tractors & Cream
In addition to this, we are also piloting Transformation Tuesday next week and if this is a success it will stay.
Transformation Tuesday takes the format of a monthly Zoom call at 9:30am and then again at 2:00pm, to set a goal or decision for one thing you can work on that day, which will transform your business. We then check in at the end of the day, to see how you got on. Accountability and ‘frog eating’ Freelance Mum style!
So in terms of the change, like I said at the beginning, it really is both ‘big and little’.
We will continue to meet twice a month, but we’ll network without walls!
Thank you for reading this far and supporting my own small business, Freelance Mum – quite simply it wouldn’t be here without you. If you have any questions or comments please fire away.